Indiana Universty (Business)
Webster University Saint Louis, MO (MBA)
I am a retired corporate executive who, for the past eight years' has been teaching college business courses. I advised more than 100 national and international clients. My business positions included the positions of president of a consulting firm, SVP and Regional Manager of a Kansas City based bank holding company, a manager of a large multinational consulting firm, and bank controller. I served on the following corporate committees: Employee Pension and Profit Sharing, Operations and Finance, asset and Liability Management, Investment as well as Corporate Secretary and manager of Investor Relations.
I mentored a number of employees, and watched many promoted to higher positions within the company and occasionally in other firms.
I enjoyed sharing my experience with newer employees and at times, with seasoned employees who were facing difficult business issues that were new to them. I listened to their concerns and shared their delight in business accomplishments. I never gave them the answers, I just provided some ideas.
I have been involved in numerous situations where my employers and later, clients, faced difficult issues. Some issues were severe enough tha the easy decision was to downsize or close offices. I never recommended these actions. In fact, in all cases, even in the few clients that were involved in mergers, there were no layoffs or terminations. I worked through these issues with other members of senior management and affected staffs. I worked with private equity firms to obtain additional capital, where required. My advice to students in my classes is to not take the obvious or easy decisions, but the difficult ones that require work and detailed plans to unfavorable positions.
I strongly believe in the following advice given by one of my coaches years ago - to wit, never put yourself or your team in a position to lose the game with your opponent's last play of the game or the officials call. This can be applied to any discipline - study hard, learn what causes people, companies and teams to lose (decisions made or not made, and why) and prepare diligently. Always make sure your methodology is sound; people can argue assumptions but not sound methodology.
I will be happy to talk to anyone interested in learning more about the business environment. The discussion can include philosophy, ideas and thoughts on current business issues, personal experiences in jobs, corporate culture and any other issues one feels is important.
I have seen the (as a Clint Eastwood movie title) Good, the Bad and the Ugly of business - from a successful startup, growing, profitable and high image firms to distressed firms. I am a retired corporate executive who, for the past eight years' has been teaching college business courses. I advised more than 100 national and international clients. My business positions included the positions of president of a consulting firm, SVP and Regional Manager of a Kansas City based bank holding company, a manager of a large